2020 Summer Reading for Mahopac High School

English 9 R
Select ONE title from the list below:
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

English 9 H
Required: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Select ONE additional title from the list below:
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

English 10 R
Select ONE title from the list below:
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

English 10 H
Required: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Select ONE additional title from the list below:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Beloved by Toni Morrison
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

English 11 R
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

English 11 Honors
At the 11th Honor level, we require students to engage in the active reading of the classics. It is important for our students to have experience with writers who have transcended time and whose topics are as relevant today as they were when the novels were written. We also believe that students should have an opportunity to choose something to read based on interest or curiosity.

Therefore, students entering 11 Honors for the school year 2019-2020 will be responsible for reading two required works and one work of their choosing from a list of suggested titles.

In addition, students will keep a reading journal, being sure to log characters, setting, conflict, point of view, and key moments of text. The reading journal will be checked and students will receive credit for the work they have done. This will help prepare students for our initial class discussions as well as the Regents exam.

Required:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

AND Select ONE additional title from the list below:
The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Every Day – David Levithan
Orphan Train– Christina Baker Kline
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Between the World and Me -Ta-Nehisi Coates
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

As an English Department we strongly suggest that our students read How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

11 AP LanguageStudents are encouraged to keep a reading journal of responses for each of these titles. It should include information regarding the characters, setting, conflict, theme(s), literary devices, your responses/connections/reactions and questions you may have.

Required Titles:
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother – James McBride
David and Goliath: Undergods, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

English 12 Literary Themes
Select ONE title from the list below:

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Educated by Tara Westover

Journalism
On Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King

WISE English 12
Students are required to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and then any work of their choice from the list below:

Science/ Behavior:
A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives – Neil Degrasse Tyson
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void – Mary Roach
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality – Brian Greene
The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report – Timothy Ferris
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
What the Dog Knows – Cat Warren
Future Crimes – Marc Goodman
Alan Turing: The Enigma – Andrew Hodges

Medicine:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – R. Skloot
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
America’s Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

History/Humanities/Inspirational:
Unbroken– Laura Hillenbrand
Tuesdays with Morrie– Mitch Albom
A Walk in the Woods– Bill Bryson
The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
Every Day – David Levithan
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race– Margot Lee Shetterly
Moonwalking with Einstein-Joshua Foer
Into the Wild– Jon Krakauer
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
A Long Way Home (DO NOT USE YOUNG READERS EDITION) – Saroo Brierley
Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Educated by Tara Westover

Entrepreneurial:
Shoe Dog – Phi Knight
Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss
The Power of Broke – Daymond John
Originals – Adam Grant
Hustle – Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler
Grit – Angela Duckworth
The Emperor of all Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee
Geek Girl Rising – Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

College English
Required titles:
Native Son by Richard Wright
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

12 AP Literature
At the AP level, we require students to engage in the active reading of the classics. It is important for our students to have experience with writers who have transcended time and whose topics are as relevant today as they were when the novels were written. We also believe that students should have an opportunity to choose something to read based on interest or curiosity.

Therefore, students entering AP Literature for the school year 2019-2020 will be responsible for reading two required works and one work of their choosing from a list of suggested titles.

In addition, students will keep a reading journal, being sure to log characters, setting, conflict, point of view, and key moments of text. The reading journal will be checked and students will receive credit for the work they have done. This will help prepare students for our initial class discussions as well as the AP Lit exam.

Students are required to read two texts and will have a choice of a third.

Students are required to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe AND must select a third title from the list below:

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Emma– Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
A Lesson Before Dying– Ernest Gaines
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
Frankenstein– Mary Shelley
The Stranger– Albert Camus
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Metamorphosis– Franz Kafka
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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